Physical therapists treat patients by using different medical techniques called modalities to help heal injures, improve movement and manage pain. They diagnose patients' movements, set up a plan for their patients and evaluate a patients progress during and after treatment. They mostly work in a private office and clinics.
The job outlook is a 39% increase between 2010 to 2020. Illinois is a great state to start a career as a therapy specialist. This state was number four on CNN Moneys the best states to live in 2010 list. With Chicago being the third largest city in the country, the employment per thousand jobs ratio is 1.95. There are currently 7,750 employed therapists.